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Be Well at Work - Work/Life program offers monthly educational workshops and webinars on topics related to parenting and finances . They are presented by professionals with specialized knowledge.

**New Group** Supporting Parents and Caregivers of Children

Working from home, working without adequate or any childcare, distance learning, home schooling, college students at home, and being with your children 24/7 are only a few of the challenges parents face during COVID 19.
Join Be Well at Work's parenting support group, Supporting Parents and Caregivers of Children. The group meetings will be topic based to provide a focus. The format will consist of a brief introduction to the topic by Leslie Bell, PhD, LCSW, BWAW Employee Assistance Counselor, and Karen Patchell, MA, BWAW Program Manager, followed by discussion and Q & A. The group will meet virtually on the second Wednesday of the month at 11 am and fourth Wednesday of the month from 12:30 - 1:30 pm. You are welcome to drop-in for any subject of interest. 
Topics will include:
  • Self Care in light of COVID 19 and shelter in place
  • Managing children's anxieties, and your own   
  • Navigating ongoing uncertainty


UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, Visiting Scholars, and Postdocs:

  1. Click on the “enroll here” hyperlink to take you to the UCB Learning Center.
  2. Enter your CalNet Passphrase.
  3. Click "Submit."

LBNL Employees:

  1. Please call 510-643-7754 to register.

Fall 2020 Parenting Workshops

Planning Your Pregnancy Leave

Thursday, 9/24, noon - 1 pm via Zoom

Speakers: Yvette Escobar, UCB Disability Counselor, Kristin Rissanen Ikuta , UCB Academic Personnel, Nicole Roces,Employee/Labor Relations Consultant, Gabe Schmidt, Healthcare Facilitator

Thinking about starting a family? This workshop will provide information on leave policies, disability benefits, use of sick/vacation time, and options on when/how to return to work after having a child for both faculty and staff employees.

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Demystifying the College Application Process

Wednesday, 10/7, noon - 1 pm via Zoom
Speaker: Tiffany Carter, Assistant Director, Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Are you wondering how best to support your teenager in having a happy, healthy, and successful college application experience? This informative workshop will strengthen your understanding, allow you to gain more information, and hear helpful tips to support your teenage student throughout the application process.

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Breastfeeding Your Baby/Returning to Work or School

Thursday, 10/1; 1 pm  - 4:15 pm, Tang Ed Center
Speaker: Tina Benitez, IBCLC, Certified Lactation Consultant

This 3 hour class is taught by a certified lactation consultant and is broken up into two parts.
The first portion of the class, 1-3pm, addresses breastfeeding basics and problem solving. The second portion of class, 3:15-4:15pm, covers returning-to-work planning and breast pumps. Those who have already attended a breastfeeding class are welcome to join the last portion of the class.

Please note: Students and all others unable to use the UCB Learning Center to enroll, please enroll by calling Be Well at Work – Wellness Program at (510) 643-4646.
Go to the Breastfeeding Support Program page to learn more about breast pumps sold at our cost plus tax, lactation rooms on campus, and additional resources.

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Mindful Parenting

Tuesday, 10/20, noon - 1 pm via Zoom
Speaker: Lucinda Beckley

Self-care, learning to push the pause button, and being mindful may not be responses we typically engage in when responding to the needs of our children, especially if we are tired, angry, or if we learned different parenting behaviors as children ourselves. The purpose of this workshop is to educate parents on effective ways of responding to our children's needs and to gain valuable tools which will promote change in our responses and our relationships with our children. Participants will be able to express their needs with conviction and clarity in a calm and mindful manner.

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Fall 2020 Financial Workshops

Starting Your Investment Portfolio

Tuesday, 9/29, noon - 1 pm via Zoom

Speaker:Kenneth Leung, Millar Financial Group

With the coronavirus as a backdrop, and the presidential election around the corner, there are many uncertainties in the future. You have saved money for your retirement and for the unpredictable, but do you know how your money is working for you? Do you understand the stocks, bonds, and mutual funds that are hotly discussed all over the investment news? Join us for this workshop which will identify and discuss first steps to gaining basic knowledge of your investments.

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Scarcity to Abundance: Personal Financial Empowerment for People of Color

Wednesday, 10/28, noon - 1 pm via Zoom

Speaker: Rita Zhang, Community Roots Financials

Scarcity often comes up as a money message and reality for people of color. The scarcity and feeling of not having enough is further compounded by the lack of community space to talk about money and finances together. This workshop will create space for you to reflect on and gain greater awareness of the money circles and stories that have shaped your life. We will hold a compassionate heart space for people of color to dialogue and support each other in our growth, healing, and empowerment on our personal finances. 

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Saving for College

Tuesday, 11/17, noon - 1 pm via Zoom

Speaker: Adalberto Padilla, ScholarShare

Learn about saving for college with the ScholarShare 529 College Savings Plan. Participants will review the following points and be provided an opportunity to ask questions concerning saving for college.

•The benefits of higher education

•The cost of higher education

•What you can do

•Different ways to save

•Getting started


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UC Retirement Plan (UCRP) - The Pension Plan

Tuesday, 11/3, 10 am - 12:30 pm via Zoom

Speaker: Don Goldberg, UC Retirement Center Administration
The workshop will address the many areas one needs to consider for a successful and satisfying retirement and the benefits available through the UC Retirement Plan (UCRP). Content includes information about monthly retirement income and how it is calculated, cost of living adjustments, and lump sum cash out. The Retirement Savings Program and retiree health and welfare benefits will be discussed. Other UCRP benefits such as disability income, survivor income, basic death benefit and service credit buybacks will also be covered. This workshop is designed to help you increase your knowledge of utilizing available retirement resources.

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